Tuesday, January 19, 2021 / by Soraya Joud
When you watch a show on HGTV where an eager young couple is looking for a home, it usually ends when the offer is accepted. In real life, however, that is only the beginning of the story. The closing or escrow process has its own rules and challenges. By being prepared for each step of the process, you’ll be able to stay calm, cool, and collected—even if the unexpected occurs.
Generally, the closing process takes anywhere from 30–60 days. In the case of a cash transaction, it may take less time to close, since much of the timeline is built around a loan approval. By contrast, in the case of a sale with a home sale or purchase contingency, the closing process can take quite a bit longer.
Most escrow periods will include the following steps, though there may be some variability based on market conditions and the type of mortgage for which you are applying.
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Thursday, November 19, 2020 / by Soraya Joud
Whether you’re big on Halloween parties, planning the perfect Thanksgiving feast, or focusing on the December holiday season, if you’re also planning to sell your home, you may be contemplating holding off until January. After all, nobody buys houses this time of year, do they? In 2020, the answer may very well be “Yes, they do.”
The COVID-delayed spring market and pent-up buyer demand, along with low inventory in the spring and summer selling season and record-low interest rates, means that for many buyers the search for the perfect home is ongoing. If you were thinking of waiting until 2021 to sell your home, you might want to consider moving your plans up and listing your home during the fall and winter months to take advantage of strong buyer demand.
Advantages of Listing a Home During the Holidays
There are plenty of good reasons to list your home during the holiday season, including the following:
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